So last week was "exciting" -- we had an earthquake. Shook up the east coast, made most west coasters chuckle. Then we had a hurricane. Mostly flooding damage and yes some people died. But, not many and the destruction was not nearly as bad as it could have been. The problem? Now everyone is saying the reaction to the coming storm was an overreaction. (TV coverage is a whole different story.) They're complaining about how excited we got over the earthquake. Why was there so little destruction from that quake? Why was their so little death from that hurricane? Because we had building codes that require our buildings to be built to stand up to that. Because we have bridges and roads that are required to be built to allow for water and earthquakes alike. Do people really believe that companies would build to those specifications unless they were forced to?? Yes, there are tons of ridiculous wasteful goverment rules. But the libertarian anarchists are just as delusional as the communists. Sanity is in the balance. Don't assume that because there was minimal destruction that there could not have been - most of it was avoided due to regulation and intervention.